Everton v Chelsea Football Betting Tips 12-09-2015 12:45PM
Jose Mourinho brings his defensively unhinged Chelsea side to face the defender that he sought all summer long but ultimately failed to sign.
It's a sign that there is more money in football these days that Everton can afford to hold onto one of their youngest players in the face of some serious bidding from Chelsea. John Stones is a good player but is he £30 Million good?
Just as Sterling is not worth £50 Million the Stones transfer fee was a ridiculous amount and in years gone by he would now be a Chelsea player. What has changed is the lack of top class home grown talent and Everton's thinking would have been concentrated on how they could replace the player and at what cost?
With fresh TV money in the coffers they are not obliged to sell and because of that they can mount a serious assault on the Champions League places.
Five points from their first four games may leave them 7 points off the leaders but several good away performances at Southampton and Tottenham suggest there is a lot more to this Everton side than mid table fodder.
Chelsea sit a point and four places further back in an unlikely thirteenth place after suffering a calamitous home defeat to Crystal Palace. Clearly the defence needs fixing and John Terry must be fearing the worst after being substituted recently at half time for the first time in his career.
Terry is suspended for this game after being sent off against West Bromwich Albion in their recent 3-2 victory.
You would think that with the likes of Pedro, Hazard and Falcao this Chelsea side would steamroller everything placed in front of them however it's no panning out that way and against a very well organised and drilled Everton side I think they will be glad to take a point from this game.